What Do Patient Health Questionnaires Like PHQ9 Measure?

Sep 29, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

Patient health questionnaires have become a standard mental health assessment tool administered by providers to patients, particularly in care settings that lack sufficient psychiatric care resources. Since patient health questionnaires are so prevalent in assessing mental health, it is important to better understand them. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at one of the patient health questionnaires most frequently used by providers – the PHQ9 – to explain its history, how it's scored, what it measures, and why its usage may not lead to the most optimal outcomes.

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